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About the exhibition

Author of the exhibition: Mirko Ilić

Open Air exhibition of tolerance themed posters designed by renowned artists from around the world for the Festival House of Tolerance 2017. Author of the exhibition: Mirko Ilić. Designers: Milton Glaser (USA),  Yuko Shimizu (Japan), Paula Scher (USA), Miran Mohan, Novi kolektivizem (Slovenia), Iztvan Orosz (Hungary), Peter Bankov (Russia), Jainping He (China), Fons Hickmann (Germany), Michel Bouvet (France), Chaz Maviyanne-Davies (Zimbabwe), Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico), David Tartkover (Israel), Sue Coe (Great Britain), Anette Lez (France), Tarek Atrissi (Libanon), Hamza Abdelal (United Arab Emirates), Mwalimu Saki Mafundikwa  (Zimbabwe),  Sarp Sozdinler (Turkey), Reza Abedini (Iran), Xiao Yong (China), Felipe Taborda (Brazil), Manuel Estrada (Spain)

Opening of the exhibition by Boštjan Botas Kenda, Dean of ALUO, dr. Kaja Širok, Director of MNZS, Mateja Demšič, Head of the Department of Culture of the MOL and author of the exhibition Mirko Ilić.

About the authors

Mirko Ilić

Mirko Ilic was born in Bosnia. In Europe, he drew comics, illustrations, and art-directed posters, books, and record covers. In the US, he was art director of Time Magazine International Edition in 1991 and the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times in 1992. In 1995 he founded graphic design studio, Mirko Ilic Corp, specializing in editorial, identity, and hospitality design. His work is in collections of many institutions and museums, MoMA and the Smithsonsian museum among others.

Mirko Ilic is the co-author of several books with Steve Heller, including Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Handwritten, Stop Think Go Do, Lettering Large and Presenting Shakespeare. With Milton Glaser, he co-wrote The Design of Dissent. He teaches MFA Illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

Milton Glaser

Quote: Tolerance is essential for humans to embrace. It is the only antidote for the competitive drive that characterizes our species. At this moment in history, there’s a slightly reluctant quality to the word. What we really want it to mean is acceptance and generosity.

Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2009, he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award.  He was selected for lifetime achievement awards from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2004), and the Fulbright Association (2011). As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He co-founded the revolutionary Push Pin Studios in 1954, and New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968.  In 1974, he opened Milton Glaser, Inc. where he continues to produce a prolific amount of work, including the iconic INY symbol; perhaps the most replicated identity of our time. 

Felipe Taborda

Felipe Taborda is a graphic designer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A graduate of Rio’s Catholic University, he studied cinema and photography at the London International Film School (England), Communication Arts at the New York Institute of Technology, and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts (USA). He has had his own office since 1990, working mainly in the cultural, publishing and recording areas. In 2008 he launched his book Latin American Graphic Design, the very first comprehensive compilation of historical and contemporary design of this region, published by Taschen. In 2014 the St. John’s University, in New York, has organized the exhibition Another Point of View, an expressive retrospective covering 30 years of his graphic works.

Sue Coe

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York in the early 1970’s. In the years that followed, she was featured on the cover of Art News and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. A firm believer in the power of the media to effect change, Coe has seen her work published in The New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and countless other periodicals. Similarly, Coe sees printmaking as a way to reach a broad audience. Accessible and affordable, Sue Coe’s etchings, lithographs and woodcuts have become extremely popular.

Saki Mafundikwa

Saki Mafundikwa is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) the first graphic design and new media school in Zimbabwe. His book, Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Africa was published in 2004. It is the first book on Afrikan typography. His film, Shungu: The Resilience of a People a feature-length documentary had its world premiere at 2009’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). It won the prestigious Ousmane Sembene Award at Zanzibar International Film Festival and Best Documentary at Kenya International Film Festival both in 2010. He was a speaker at TED2013 in Los Angeles. He lives, works and farms in Harare, Zimbabwe.

David Tartakover

Since 1975, David Tartakover has operated his own studio in Tel Aviv, specializing in culture and politics.

His work has won numerous prizes in Israel and abroad, among them are: Gold medal, 8th Lathi Poster Biennial, Finland (1989), Grand Prix, Moscow International Poster Biennial (2004), Bronze Award Hong Kong International Poster Triennial (2004), first prize Seventeenth Colorado poster exhibition (2011). His works are included in the permanent collections of museums in, Europe, Japan, China, and USA.

He collects and researches history of Israeli design and is also the curator of design exhibitions at museums in Israel and abroad.

Among the books he has published is a lexicon of the 1950's in Israel, Where We Were, What We Did. In 2011 a comprehensive book of his work was published in Israel.

Novi kolektivizem / New Collectivism

New Collectivism was established in 1984 as the graphic design department of Neue Slowenische Kunst. The members are Dejan Knez (Laibach), Miran Mohar (initially a member of the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, then a member of IRWIN), Darko Pokorn, and Roman Uranjek (IRWIN). New Collectivism employs the method of retro principle.

Jianping He

Jianping He was born in 1973, China. He is now living in Berlin, working as a graphic designer, professor and publisher.  He studied graphic design at the China Academy of Art (1991-1994), Meisterschule of Fine Arts in Berlin University of Arts (1997-2001) and had his PhD. of cultural history in Frei University of Berlin in 2011. He has been teaching in Berlin University of the Arts, employed as a guest professor by Hong Kong Polytechnic University and China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, and also as the doctoral supervisor of China Academy of Arts. In 2002, he established his own design studio and publishing house Hesign, based in Berlin with the other branch in Hangzhou since 2008.

Fons Hickmann

Fons Hickmann is a graphic designer, author, and design professor. In 2001, he founded the Berlin-based design studio Fons Hickmann m23. The studio focuses on the design of complex communication systems and is working mainly in the cultural field, ranking among today’s most awarded design studios worldwide. The studio lends its expertise to everything related to events, communication and visual identity. Its activities include corporate design, book and poster design, magazine design and web design.

Fons Hickmann studied photography, and communication design. He has taught at several universities, held lectures and workshops around the world and is currently the professor for graphic design at the Berlin University of the Arts. He is a member of the Type Directors Club New York and the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Fons Hickmann is increasingly involved in the publishing of literature devoted to different fields, from photography to media theory, through to football and pop-cultural phenomena.

Chaz Maviyane-Davies

Chaz Maviyane-Davies has been described by the UK’s Design magazine as “the guerrilla of graphic design”. For more than three decades the award-winning, controversial designer’s powerful work has taken on issues of consumerism, health, politics, social responsibility, the environment, and human rights. He has studied (MA, the Central School of Art and Design in London) and worked in Britain, Japan, Malaysia, USA and Zimbabwe, his country of origin. From 1983 until recently he ran the renowned design studio in Harare, Zimbabwe, The Maviyane-Project.

Due to adverse political conditions in his homeland and the confrontational nature of his work, Maviyane-Davies moved to the USA in 2001 to teach. An Emeritus Professor of Design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, he is currently a freelance designer. As well as being published in numerous books, international magazines and newspapers, his work has been exhibited extensively and is included in several permanent collections at various galleries. In 2009 he was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His award-winning book A World of Questions -120 Posters on the Human Condition has been well received by people from all walks of life.

Istvan Orosz

Istvan Orosz was born in Hungary in 1951. He was trained as graphic designer at the University of Arts and Design in Budapest. After graduation in 1975 he began to deal with theatre as a stage designer, and animated film as an animator and film director. Later, when poster came to the centre of his interest, he made mainly theatre, movie, and exhibition posters. At the time of East-European democratic changes he drew some political posters too. He is also known as printmaker and illustrator. Professor at the West Hungarian University, co-founder of Hungarian Poster Association, member of Alliance Graphique International and the Hungarian Art Academy. He often uses Utisz as artist pseudonym.

Michel Bouvet

Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Michel Bouvet is a poster artist and a graphic designer. Living and working in Paris, he has designed hundreds of posters for theatre, opera, music, dance, art, festivals and public institutions in France and abroad. Professor at Penninghen, Paris. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1997. Has held 80 one-person exhibitions in 35 countries around the world. His posters have been awarded in France, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Russia, Japan, Taïwan and USA.

Paula Scher

Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity and branding systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, Citibank, Microsoft, Bloomberg, the Museum of Modern Art, Tiffany & Co, the High Line, the Public Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the Sundance Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

During the course of her career Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honours and awards; she is a recipient of the National Design Award for Communication Design, the AIGA medal and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, among others. Scher has served on the Public Design Commission of the City of New York from 2006- 2015. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her designs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other institutions. She is the author of Make It Bigger (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002) and MAPS (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011). Scher holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Moore College of Art and Design.

Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu is an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York and instructor at School of Visual Arts. Her work has appeared on the pages of the New York Times, TIME, and Newsweek, on the covers of DC Comics, Penguin, Abrams and Random House books, on the Gap and Nike T-shirts, and on Pepsi cans.

Her new monograph Living with Yuko Shimizu was published in spring 2016 (ROADS Publishing). A Wild Swan, her collaboration with Pulitzer-winning author Michael Cunningham, came out in 2015 (FSG). She was chosen as Newsweek Japan's "100 Japanese People World Respects" in 2009. 

Sarp Sözdinler

Born in 1989 in Izmir, Sarp Sözdinler moved to Istanbul in order to study Computer Engineering before he switched to Graphic Design at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and Vienna University of Applied Arts. After completing internships and various stints in Brussels and Modena, at studios Base Design and VtwoB, he returned to work with Bülent Erkmen and later on to found his one-person design practise Studio Sarp Sozdinler in 2014, having produced for clients mainly from the cultural field like Istanbul Design Biennial, SALT, Istanbul Modern, deSingel, Olympic Museum, Contemporary Istanbul, Art International, Mamut Art Project along others.

Peter Bankov

The last three years I`ve been living between Moscow and Prague. My first sculptor education at the Minsk school of art doesn’t prevent me from leading this kind of life, as well as the second education is in the field of book design from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts. In addition, I was born in Minsk. Among the advantages of being born in Belorussia I can name my knowledge of about 20 different sorts of potato and how to prepare it. Since 1988, I’ve been living in Moscow. I’ve got acquainted with amazing people, and I lived in Berlin and Toronto. In 1993, with God`s help I created the project NEUCH (unrecorded number) specializing in the production of author’s book. In 1997, I organized a studio called Design Depo and edited the KAK design magazine in the hero-city of Moscow. Sometimes, like summer rain, some rewards for design drop on me. Around 200 of them have dropped by now. Since 2010, I’ve been settled down in Prague. Here I’m comprehending the difficulties of relations with national products and the musical Slavonic. Every day I make a poster, I work with poster art. Constantly rosy-cheeked and cheerful, I’ve made more than 800 opuses.

Hamza Abdelal

Hamza Abdelal was born in Jordan in 1987 where he completed his high school studies, then moved to Qatar to study Visual communication in Virginia Commonwealth University. After his graduation, Hamza worked at many branding agencies for 7 years as a graphic designer, during that period he was also following his passion towards Arabic calligraphy by involving in many calligraphy workshops and courses. He also developed his own digital calligraphy style using the Wacom to write calligraphy. 

Anette Lenz

Anette Lenz was born in Germany, she lives and works in Paris. She is a professor at the HEAD Geneva University of Art and Design, she has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1999. Her work has been internationally recognized by top honours and is included in the permanent collections of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Moma SF, the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, and the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich.

Tarek Atrissi

Lebanese-Dutch Tarek Atrissi is one of most recognized designers across the Arab world. He has gained an international reputation for his graphic work and has received prestigious awards and honours through his design career. In 2000, he established his graphic design studio, Tarek Atrissi Design (, focused on branding, Arabic Typography and exhibition design. The studio's typographic and cross cultural design approach produced projects that left a significant influence on the contemporary graphic design landscape in the Middle East. His clients included Apple; The V&A museum in London; Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar; and BBC. Tarek Atrissi holds an MFA in Design Entrepreneurship from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has served as a jury member for international design competitions including TDC in New York; Magdalena Festival in Slovenia; the Adobe Design Achievement Awards in California; as well as the Tehran International Type Design competition. He is the founder of, one of the leading Arabic Type organisations in the Arab world.

Alejandro Magallanes

Alejandro Magallanes (1971) is a graphic designer from Mexico. He works mainly for cultural activities. His work has been shown internationally. In 2016 he was nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year in the Design Museum of London for his book design for Almadía Publishing House. He has written 10 books for children and two books of poetry. Since 2004 he is a member from Alliance Graphique Internationale. In 2016 he opened with Selva Hernández the bookstore La increíble librería, in Mexico City.